close ranks

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close ranks

to move closer together in a military formation. The soldiers closed ranks and marched on the enemy in tight formation.
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close ranks

(behind someone or something) to support someone or something; to back someone or something. We will close ranks behind the party's nominee. Let's close ranks behind her and give her the support she needs.
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close ranks (with someone)

to join with someone in a cause, or agreement. We can fight this menace only if we close ranks. Let's all close ranks with Ann and adopt her suggestions.
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close ranks

to show support for other members of your group Dale urged his former rivals to close ranks behind his candidacy.
Etymology: based on the military meaning of close ranks (to form a straight row with other soldiers)
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close ranks

if members of a group close ranks, they publicly show that they support each other, especially when people outside of the group are criticizing them
Usage notes: If soldiers close ranks, they move closer together so that it is more difficult to go past them.
In the past, the party would have closed ranks around its leader and defended him loyally against his critics.
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close ranks

Unite, work together, as in The members decided to close ranks and confront the president. This expression, dating from the late 1700s, comes from the military, where it denotes bringing troops into close order so there are no gaps in the fighting line. (A slightly earlier form was close lines.) It has been used figuratively since the mid-1800s.
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References in classic literature ?
The great race of the day had just been run; and the close lines of people, on either side of the course, suddenly breaking up and pouring into it, imparted a new liveliness to the scene, which was again all busy movement.
which the reader may fill at his pleasure through a dozen close lines of small type.
The Wire Shall Be Wound In Close Layers And In Each Layer,The Wire Shall Be Woundin Close Lines Without Any Gap/Over Lapping Between The Adjacent Windings.
Melonas added that mudslides have been a frequent source of trouble in Washington this winter and spring, forcing BNSF to close lines used by Amtrak freight and commuter trains.
Nippon Steel to close lines at iron mills to boost efficiency
A great way to ensure your close lines stay in the water during turns is to use some sort of flat line clip.
We will do all we can to minimise the disruption for passengers and, when we do close lines, a frequent replacement bus service will run.
We will do all we can to minimise the disruption for passengers and when we do close lines, a frequent replacement bus service will run.
Police search teams walking in close lines combed the woodland yards from where the twin-engined jet came down on Sunday afternoon.
The review was then ordered to examine whether to raise fares, close lines and replace some services with buses, in order to cut its pounds 300m annual subsidy.
The group was formed on March 21, 1981 to fight plans by British Rail to close lines connecting Sheffield with Huddersfield, one via Denby Dale and one via Clayton West.
Weeks later, the SRA ordered a review to examine whether to raise fares, close lines and replace some services with buses, to cut its pounds 350m of annual subsidy.
The SRA have made it clear that they are not seeking to close lines.
The Wire Shall Bewound In Close Layers And In Each Layer,The Wire Shall Be Woundin Close Lines Without Any Gap/Over Lapping Between The Adjacentwindings.
The franchise, which runs trains from Liverpool to Manchester, Wigan, Warrington, Chester and all across the North, was handed to Merseyrail operator Serco-NedRailways in DecemberJust weeks later, the SRA ordered a review to examine whether to raise fares, close lines and replace some services with buses, to cut its pounds 350m of annual subsidy.